In what is being called the largest remote health monitoring project in the world, Canadian mobile health technology company Ideal Life is teaming with a Chinese pharmaceutical and medical-supply distributor to build a network of interactive kiosks and remote monitoring devices for 100,000 people with chronic diseases in China.
"With easy-to-use, interactive kiosks and remote health monitoring devices, individuals in villages, in community centers and in large cities can have their health information recorded and instantly transmitted to their healthcare provider in a way that fits their lifestyle," Jason Goldberg, president and founder of Toronto-based Ideal Life says in a press release. "People can manage their own health, interact with their physician or health coach and even allow family members to participate in their care on their own terms. The results will be healthier patients, fewer hospitalizations and emergency room visits and better use of scarce healthcare resources."
With the help of Shandong NovaTech Biological Pharmaceutical Co., Ideal Life soon will begin installing kiosks in hospitals in China's Shandong province. A groundbreaking for an independent monitoring center to serve the Chinese market is planned for February.
The Ideal Life system provides two-way communication between a patient and his or her provider and health coach over the Internet or through kiosks in community health centers to help expand access to care. The wireless monitors can automatically populate EMRs with biometric readings.
"Together, our two companies and this state-of-the art technology will change the traditional concept of managing chronic disease and place China as the leader in prevention and healthcare management," NovaTech President Zheng Yunfeng says in a statement.